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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, or complaints about broadcasting or advertising.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

175/2019 - Mr Bulelani Mfaco and The Irish Times

The Press Council of Ireland has upheld an appeal by Mr Bulelani Mfaco against a decision of the Press Ombudsman not to uphold a complaint he made that The Irish Times breached Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

197/198/2019 - Mr J Perry, Mr S Sefton and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has decided that he has insufficient evidence to make a decision on two complaints that The Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on

192/2019 - A Woman and the Northern Standard

The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint that the Northern Standard breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. Read on